Three E-Tree Award recipients were honored by the Urban Forestry Department at a City Council presentation this week for their accomplishments in protecting Edmond’s urban forest.
Recipients include Carpet Interiors for Outstanding Forest Enhancement; Edmond resident Warren Filley for Outstanding Forest Preservation, and residential developer Wayne Sadeghy for Outstanding Forest Preservation of Belmont Farms.
Carpet Interiors, owned by Mary Hauser, originally developed the site now occupied by Silver Tree Interiors, at 1801 E. 15th St.
“Existing native trees were incorporated into the landscape when the site was constructed,” said Jason Wilke, member of the Urban Forestry Commission. “In addition, permeable materials were used for the driveway and parking area, ensuring the continued health of these trees.”
Trees landscaping at the business near Hafer Park blends well because of the extra measures to beautify the landscape, Wilke said.
A large blackjack oak tree was growing near the footprint of the Filley family’s home before construction began in 1987.
“They took measures have the home designed around the tree, set-up a tree protection zone and then build a deck above the root zone to avoid compacting,” Wilke said.
A stone patio replaced the deck in 2010 after damage had occurred to the structure. Filley remained adamant not to damage the tree. He also used a ventilation system to avoid the tree’s roots, a system similar to Oklahoma’s Survivor Tree on the grounds of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
“The tree is still thriving and serves as a great example of placing value on Edmond’s historic landscape of native forests,” Wilke said.
As a residential developer of Belmont Farms LLC, Sadeghy enjoys preserving native trees, Wilke said. Sadeghy dislikes seeing trees disposed of before construction, Wilke added.
“During each phase of Belmont Farms development, potential transplant trees were identified,” Wilke said. “… More than 200 trees, about 6-8 inches in caliber, have been transplanted across Belmont Farms.”
Common areas of the neighborhood were enhanced by nature trails.
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